Christmas: How shops fared in four charts

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Most shops have reported their sales figures for the festive period. We take a look in four charts at how they fared. Ahead of Christmas 2018, the fact that many shops were already offering large discounts suggested they were struggling to sell their stock. Retail industry body the British Retail […]

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Chinese businessman arrested in Poland for spying

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Huawei has repeatedly been accused of being a proxy for the Chinese government, a claim it denies Poland’s security services say a Chinese businessman and a Polish man, both employed in telecoms, have been arrested for spying. The Chinese national, Wang Weijing, works for Huawei, according to a source with […]

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UK economic growth hits six-month low

Image copyright PA Growth in the UK’s economy slowed in the three months to November, expanding at its weakest pace in six months. The economy grew by 0.3% during the period, less than the 0.4% in the three months to October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The ONS said manufacturers suffered their longest […]

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Flybe rescued by Virgin and Stobart

Image copyright Empics Flybe is being bought for £2.2m by a consortium including Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group. It will operate under the Virgin Atlantic brand, marking a return by Virgin to domestic flights, following a failed attempt five years ago. Based in Exeter, Flybe carries around eight million passengers a year from airports such […]

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Fashion firm Quiz issues second profit warning

Image copyright QuizImage caption Quiz launched a collection in collaboration with Love Island’s Gabby Allen Fast-growing fashion retailer Quiz has made its second profit warning in three months. It now expects to make £8.2m, down from an estimate of £11.5m made in October. Quiz targets 16 to 35-year-old “fashion forward females”. Last year it launched […]

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